Thursday, October 13, 2011

Tool #9 Incorporating Classroom-Based Devices as Tools for Learning

1.Why do you think it is important to tie the technology to the objective?

I think it is important to tie technology to the objective because not only does it help deepen and enhance the learning process but it allows for the lesson to be much more meaningful to the students. Integrating technology without relating it to the objective totally diminishes the value of technology as a learning tool. By having the technology correlate to the objective, it shows students that technology can be used for more than pure entertainment purposes. 

    2. Why should we hold students accountable for the stations/centers?

    By holding students accountable for their work, we are able to decipher whether or not the students understood/mastered the concepts that we were trying to teach. I have learned from personal experience that holding students accountable for their work at stations is a must. If not, students tend to stray away from the lesson and lose sight of what they're supposed to be focused on. 

      3. Visit 2 of the applicable links to interactive websites for your content/grade level. Which sites did you like. How could you use them as stations? How can you hold the students accountable for their time in these stations? I really enjoyed MangaHigh and Studyladder. Both websites were very user friendly and could be easily integrated into class via group, stations or tutorials. Another website that I discovered, thanks to Mrs. Fraifeld, was Math Playground. It has tons of fun games that are very educational.
        4. List two to three apps you found for the iPod Touch/iPad that you can use in your classroom. What do you see that station looking like? How can you hold the students accountable for their time in these stations?

        I found multiple apps that would be great for basic skill building, something that a majority of our kids could benefit from. Students would use ipads/ipods within groups at their desks. We could hold the students accountable at these stations by having them write a reflection on what they learned or what they did, by answering questions, or by answering a "station" exit slip!

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